The Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys) is a medium-small, olive-green honeyeater and makes a high-pitched ‘ting’ sound closely resembling a bell (hence the nickname Bellbird).
I daresay most Australians even think its real name is Bellbird 🙂
Like the Australian Magpie, this tiny bird’s distinctive sound is evocative of the sounds of the Australian bush. You can’t miss it.
The image (below) was made above a small boardwalk weaving through a rustic area in a path (to the left of the iron-railing bridge above). Here, the branches are usually bare with the foliage growing at the top so you have a chance to spot these tiny honeyeaters.
The Melaleucas, or Paperbark, trees form a shady umbrella over a small boardwalk in the Royal Botanic Gardens in the upper right side of the image (below).
Around 4.30pm on a sunny day you are almost guaranteed to see Bell Miners hanging from Eucalyptus trees sucking the nectar (almost upside down) or swinging to & fro in the breeze in the very centre of a tree at the end of the bridge (first image in this post).
I just found this superb YouTube with many other bird sounds as well to give you a taste of what thick Australian bush often sounds like – made by Marc Anderson (north of Sydney).
Do take the time to listen to it as it’s a superb capture of the sound.
Some mornings, especially on a hot sunny day in Summer (on a Sunday), when there’s little road traffic noise in the background of my current home area, I get a small taste of Australian bird sounds. Unfortunately, I don’t get the sound of Kookaburras included, (as I did when I lived next to the Royal Botanic Gardens on the south-east side of Melbourne), but I do get the addition of Frogs croaking as I live next to Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve.
Here’s a little courtship I caught on camera in the RBG (and have shared before on one of my blogs).
Yes, I can usually recognise by one tree where I shot the bird or flower image.